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Thread: LA Machines

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    Senior Member misscarol's Avatar
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    Does anyone here use a non-stitch regulated longarm quilting machine? Just curious :)

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    I will be watching this for comments.......

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    i do-
    my machine does have a stitch regulator on it- i havent turned it on in at least 5 years-i hate it!
    i do have a friend who used to come over and quilt on my machine-til she bought her own-she always used the stitch regulator-
    i NEVER use it!
    it makes me crazy to even think about it.
    when i first started quilting the instructor believed you should learn (control) before you used (cruise control)
    so i learned to quilt without it-
    then when i tried it --- i just hated it - and never really got the hang of using it--(never really gave it a chance-practiced with it) so---it never gets turned on- unless someone else is using my machine- then often they decide they would rather go without it too...for me it was a Huge waste of $$
    probably really depends on how you learn-
    but i agree with my first instructor-
    i had to learn to drive (in control) before i got to turn on the cruise control- and i think you should learn to quilt before you get to use the (cruise control) too. instead of depending on the machine to do it for you=
    ranks right up there with learning to add-without a calculator...just old fashioned thinker i guess

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    I have a regulator on mine too, but I've been trying to learn to do without. I was pretty good with consistent stitch length when FMQ ing on my regular sewing machine, so I keep telling myself I should be able to do this too. Doing without gives you one less thing to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i do-
    my machine does have a stitch regulator on it- i havent turned it on in at least 5 years-i hate it!
    i do have a friend who used to come over and quilt on my machine-til she bought her own-she always used the stitch regulator-
    i NEVER use it!
    it makes me crazy to even think about it.
    when i first started quilting the instructor believed you should learn (control) before you used (cruise control)
    so i learned to quilt without it-
    then when i tried it --- i just hated it - and never really got the hang of using it--(never really gave it a chance-practiced with it) so---it never gets turned on- unless someone else is using my machine- then often they decide they would rather go without it too...for me it was a Huge waste of $$
    probably really depends on how you learn-
    but i agree with my first instructor-
    i had to learn to drive (in control) before i got to turn on the cruise control- and i think you should learn to quilt before you get to use the (cruise control) too. instead of depending on the machine to do it for you=
    ranks right up there with learning to add-without a calculator...just old fashioned thinker i guess
    I like how you think! Funny I use cruise control all the time when I drive, it makes my husband nuts. He can tell when he drives my car and the mileage is off. I do use cruise control on my LA and I can agree with you on your points, I do want to learn to use mine without. I like the way my pebbles look without cruise control.

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    I have stitch regulated, but when I'm free handing I dislike it because of the noise it makes.
    The reason they have it on the machines is to give the stitches consistencey. Which is important on certain quilts.
    I have tried out a few machines and I think all "stitch regulators" are not created equal.
    When I'm doing a show quilt that the stitches are counted it is best to use it.

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    Cruise Control makes a cruise control and a stitch regulator.
    I dont have a long arm machine, just a strait stitch with a 9 inch throat.
    My setup came with a cruise control but bought the stitch regulator for $500 dollars extra. I love it.
    It dosnt make any noise and it keeps all my stitchs even length, which I was never able to master without it.

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    I had SR on the old machine -- and hated it for some of the reasons above. I have it on my new machine and love it. Face it -- I'm do old to learn control --- it keeps my stitches regular and I LIKE that -- I don't have time to worry about what I do........

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    I have a regulator on mine but don't really use it. I find that my stitch length is fine without it and the machine is a little bit quieter if I'm not in regulated mode.

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